A Filipino domestic worker who was formerly employed in Singapore has received more than SG$7,000 (US$5,100) in compensation after her employer subjected her to extreme abuse.
Jane (not her real name), who started working for the employer in 2012, was abused, slapped, kicked and punched by her. The domestic worker was not given a single day off in 11 months, Today Online reported.
The domestic worker sought help from Justice Without Borders (JWB), a regional non-governmental organization that helps victims of labor exploitation and human trafficking to seek compensation. With their assistance, Jane won a court case taken out against her employer.
With help from the NGO, the Filipina’s employer was sentenced to jail for wrongful confinement and voluntarily causing hurt. After the trial against her employer ended, Jane had to leave Singapore in 2016 after the criminal trial resulted in her employer receiving a jail sentence, even though Jane had not received her unpaid wages.
However, JWB managed to settle the claims and the domestic worker was paid SG$7,000, mostly unpaid wages.
JWB has reviewed more than 430 cases for potential claims between 2015 and 2017. More than 200 involved domestic workers who work in Singapore. This year, the NGO now has 49 cases in progress, 15 of which involve Filipino or Indonesian domestic workers in Singapore.